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Eh? It’s Summer?

June 29, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m assuming you’ve noticed we’ve, uh, stopped posting. Sure, it was problematic that cubsfan555 wanted to leave but then stayed, but hasn’t posted anything, but the end result is: it’s summer where we are. And that means that we aren’t on computers that often. And that means we don’t think about Mac v. PC that often. Soooo… until late August, don’t expect anything to come from us. Of course, that doesn’t mean we won’t post 😉 (ahhhh Smiley;)!–see this page). What does that mean? Well, all I’m saying is I might be going to AT&T this summer for cell service… and you know what that means, even for an anti-Apple guy like me, right? 😛

So, have a good summer (or winter, for those south of the equator). And as always, you can stalk follow us on Twitter, as @Da_Mad_Dok and @cubsfan555.

[Edit: cubsfan555 is no longer on Twitter.  However, we do have @macvpcblog, the blog Twitter.]
[Edit: cubsfan555 is now wwrtcac]

Categories: Announcements

Metroid: Other M [E3 Recap]

Nintendo announced Metroid: Other M, which is being produced by developer Team Ninja (of scantily-clad-women-playing-volleyball…I mean, Dead or Alive Extreme Beach Volleyball fame). It will be a third-person game with FPS sections, and will probably do nothing to solve any confusion you have about the Metroid plot. It looks awesome, but I can’t help but think this:

Nintendo Fanboys: “Make more hardcore games!”

Nintendo: “Okay okay, we will!” {To self} “We can’t make a hardcore action game. It’s phsyically impossible!” “Well then, we must choose a good developer to make it. And they should be controversial.””How ’bout Rockstar?””Nope, too busy on Ballad of Gay Tony.””Okay then, how about…Team Ninja, maker of Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive””Oh yeah, great idea!”

Again you’ll have to find the trailer on GameTrailers.com. Sorry.

Categories: News

Left 4 Dead 2 [E3 Recap]

Left 4 Dead 2 was announced at E3, featuring new survivors, new campaigns, close combat weapons (chainsaws FTW!), and the new and improved A. I. Director 2.0. But not all is peaceful after the zombie apocalypse (okay, things never are). A group of fans of the original, ironically enough, started a petition on Steam. Most of the complaints were minor (characters don’t loook fleshed out enough, the levels are too bright, etc.), but the major complaint was that they expected more free content for the first game.  However, this was easily explained by 1.) it has a new A. I. Director version that couldn’t be just patched in, and 2.) it provides the amount of content that Valve put into Team Fortress 2, except in about a third of the time.  It’s due for a November 17 release, more or less a year after the first, and will probably have a full $50 price tag (or $60 on Xbox 360).

I would have embedded the trailer, but Firefox kept crashing when I opened the video embedder. Watch it at GameTrailers.

Update: Valve has recently told Kotaku that they will continue to support Left 4 Dead 1 even after the release of Left 4 Dead 2.

Categories: News

Bamboo Pen Tablet [Review]

June 1, 2009 2 comments

I’m having trouble writing this review. I’m not sure why, maybe because today is when we’re supposed to start the new monthly PvP series and I’m not ready. But the point is that the Bamboo deserves the best review I can write. It’s just that good.

For one thing, it doesn’t take up much space (I’m reviewing the Small version, but that is the most common form). I’ve used huge pen tablets before that need another table just to sit on. This is small enough that you can safely put it next to your keyboard, and it’s durable enough that you can use your regular mouse on it. In fact, some of the more expensive versions even come with a laser mouse packaged. It’s advertised that it feels like paper, which it does, but that doesn’t seem like a huge selling point. It does have touch sensitivity (the harder you press, the darker the shade) which is useful for a few drawing programs, and it works perfectly with Windows Vista’s built-in pen tablet capabilities (like Microsoft Journal or a handwriting-recognition inserts), but since I don’t have a Hackinotsh/Macintosh set-up, I can’t tell you how well it works with OS X.

I also like the customizable buttons on the tablet, but I wish I could program mouse buttons to them (like the scroll wheel, which is still a problem-you have to manually move the scollbars, which doesn’t work very well). Overall, it’s a steal at only $50 (or $80 for bundled software such as Photoshop Elements and Corel Painter), and the only huge problem I could see is people not getting it because they just don’t need it.

Verdict: Buy or die! (Which is the highest reward we can give.)

Categories: Review

Thank You!

We here at Mac v. PC would like to thank readers like you for, well, reading. We’ve just came off of not only our top two weeks but also our top month of visits so far. So thank you for visiting and making us think we’re worth something 😀

Categories: Announcements